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sharing files on web server

By javastring
Jan 26, 2007
  1. I have windows 2000 web server. I created html page and point to one excel file.

    Now i can remote access my excel file through but cannot edit it. File opens as "Read ONLY"

    Any idea why or how to solve?

    I put in all administrative access to file and even web server but still no resolution.
     
  2. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    If you want your web page users to be able to edit it, you indeed have a problem. You might make it so that they can download it, then edit it, then return it to you or whatever.

    If you wanna be able to edit remotely, try accessing it through FTP.

    Regards :)
     
  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    need to make the page dynamic to write to database and edit file
    ASP for you windows lovers PHP and SQL
    best as said ftp dwnld open edit reup
     
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    If your webserver supports it, you can set up something called WebDAV (Microsoft calles it Web folders) that lets you use web resources as if they were a simple folder with files in.
     
  5. javastring

    javastring TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    this WebDav is it free?

    Also i tried same problem in windows 2003 IIS server with default configuration. I can open file but it does not say Read Only.
     
  6. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    I can edit files on my web sites that I manage by going (in Internet Explorer) ftp://[I]website[/I].com/. After giving my username and password, I can edit files as if they were on my local machine in Windows Explorer.
     
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,311   +617

    CONGRATUATIONS -- your web server is configured correctly!

    Web based files SHOULD NEVER be modifiable :)

    other solutions, eg FTP should be considered.
     
  8. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,387   +105

    Did you install the plugins for Excel for Web Acces? Or which version of MS Office are you using though? I've seen this problem at work with end users who can't access web logic portal sites that have Quickfind, PDF, Excel an etc also UNIX and mainframe.. formats. Most of the problem lines with permissions with IT Security in this case you.

    Only one person can look at the file or edit at time. Did you share that file so you can edit though. How did you do it? On the File Server or Web Server?
     
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,311   +617

    these are LAN based sharing issues, not WEB based.
    On the Web, uploading and storing over an existing file is a design feature and
    should NEVER occur. FTP base uploads are the means to update Web files.
     
  10. javastring

    javastring TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    but suppose files are open in web browser, can this be edited? i know the alternative of using ftp but users just want to use http://.....
     
  11. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    If you want people to fill out a form and send it back to you, have 'em download it, fill it out, then email it to you or something. If you got some kind of wiki, you may need to use some kind of special software.
     
  12. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,311   +617

    yes they can edit, but UPLOADING the result is the issue; lot's of issues,
    1) concurrancy; how to ensure two users don't upload at the same time
    2) the interface to perform the upload -- you need a <form action=PUT ...
    3) authentication that this user is authorized to upload changes.​

    You would be better served with a LAN base server and a VPN connection
     
  13. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    1-3 are all catered for by WebDAV. Did you even bother to look it up?
     
  14. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,311   +617

    imo, it's not which tool performs what service(s), but what is the
    data flow -- clarifying WHERE the mimetype is needed.

    this article enumerates the WebDAV solution
     
  15. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    So, using HTTP, you could have your users modify parts of the site?
     
  16. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,311   +617

    see the WebDAV url above :)
     
  17. javastring

    javastring TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    i will check then, thanks
     
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